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Queen Unseen Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011
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'Will satisfy the curiosity of anyone wanting to know what it was really like to work with a famous rock band' --Mojo
'An informative, humorous and insightful rock 'n' roll narrative. Ground zero for Queen fans.' --Billy Squier, Musician
'Extremely accurate, well-written and entertaining. I know I was there. Read it.' --Mack, Queen record producer
From the Author
Queen Unseen is a unique account of the many exciting years as a young man I spent on tour, in the recording studio, on video shoots and day to day life at home with one of the world's biggest and best ever rock bands. It is an insightful, enlightening and mostly humorous account for anybody who has ever wondered what working for Queen, or indeed most rock bands of that era really entailed..... the highs and the lows. It is not a chronological history or definitive biography of the band, but a personal story of what it was like to spend your youth travelling the world and living the rock and roll lifestyle - to the full!
There is plenty of sex and drugs and rock and roll - as everybody knows that's what happened....
I make observations and comments about all the fantastic places we visited and played, and what it was like living, at times, a crazy and surreal existence.
The book covers all the areas that were relevant in Queen's working life, during my time as Queen's longest serving roadie and head of their crew. There is lots of new material and surprises for Queen fans and it is a book to interest anybody who likes stories of rock and roll life in the 1970s & 1980s.
Mine is a truly unique book on Queen - no journalist or author could have written it - they were not there. I was, and I remember it all like it was yesterday.....
There will be photo sections in the book that contain colour and black & white images from my successful Queen The Unseen Archive show that was exhibited in London and Australia recently. There will be additional rare and unseen photos and other images items of interest.
I hope you will join me on an Access All Areas journey through a magical era when we were young; feeling we could take on the world and win. Invariably we did.See all Product description
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The first chapter or so was "Myself and Freddie this","Myself and Freddie that" and I thought "Oh no....here we go,another claim to I was Freddie's best friend ever"........but,as the book progresses you realise that ever though Peter Hince was indeed in the Queen inner circle,he knew his place and didn't abuse his position and just got on with his job.
As he points out many times throughout the book that even though he had access to any of the band members,especially Freddie and John he prefered to keep his distance and work from the sidelines.Even though they went though plenty of wild times together,Freddie Mercury seemed to have a deep admiration for Peter the way he kept things running both onstage and off.All to which this makes the book a more interesting read.
Funny moments,sad moments and downright outrageous moments make this a great read if you are interested in how the Queen's touring wheels turned.....sometimes smoothly.....sometimes not so smoothly!
All in all a terrific read about one of the greatest rock bands ever and massive respect to Peter Hince for not dishing the dirt on any members of the Queen organisation, which I sure he could have. Freddie would have been so proud of you Peter.
Buy,read and enjoy! 10/10
Peter (Ratty) would have been know to many Queen fans though appearing in band candid photos, appearing in liner note thank yous etc. in addition to being on and around the stage on tours. He is a pretty easy chap to identify. He was a roadie NOT AN AUTHOR so anyone expecting Jeffrey Archer or Dan Brown style drama should have thought twice before reading.
The book gives a good insight into live around such a famous band. It shows the glamour and the lack of it for those outside the band. It shows how the freindship between the band and their trusted employees has its dividing lines and limits and how the sex drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle is not always whats its cracked up to be (excuse the pun).
Its admirable that Peter has written an insightful book without falling into the easy trap of spilling the beans on the band in tabloid fashion while at the same time helping to colour life with the band in realistic brushstrokes that make a nice change from the huge amount of books that tell us the same old stories of how great Queen were.
Nice read Peter, this is staying on my bookshelf with all the other Queen collectables. The fans appreciated your hard work too.
I have found myself skim-reading through the book, literally searching for words 'Queen' or 'Fred', having come across them, I would then pause and start reading, and I promise, it wouldn't be much.
If you're looking for insight on the band, their craft, musicianship, genius of Freddie, then I'd strongly recommend looking for something else.
There are stories explaining how some songs came about and what inspired them - Dragon Attack for example, buit you'll need to read the book to find out all the details.
One has to remember that this is not a book about just Freddie, which seems to be what people expect from a book about Queen - there are three other band members too and that really shows through here. There are stories partaining to all of them, including Freddies' personal entourage - example, Paul Prenter, who turns out to be a raging coke-head.
One of my favourite stories in this book is the one in which Freddie gets wasted at Rogers' new house whilst they were filming the We Will Rock You music video and he's sick in the bushes.
The style of this book has been writtennsarcastically, almost joke-mocking the band. If that isn't your sense of humour, don't read this book, especially if you're easily offended.
Peter 'Ratty' Hince was a Queen roadie from the early seventies until the mid eighties when he left to pursue his own career in photography. This brings me to the subject of the photographs in this book - they are incredible. There are backstage, on-stage and off-stage photographs in here which capture the band so fantastically. There are also scans of Rattys' old backstage passes, which, if I'm honest, make me want to build a time machine and acquire them for myself.
To really get the full picture of what this book is about, you just have to read it. It really is an extremely enjoyable book and any Queen fan would be crazy not to add it to their collection.